Provided by: ntfs-3g_2012.1.15AR.1-1ubuntu1_amd64 bug


       ntfsresize - resize an NTFS filesystem without data loss


       ntfsresize [OPTIONS] --info(-mb-only) DEVICE
       ntfsresize [OPTIONS] [--size SIZE[k|M|G]] DEVICE


       The  ntfsresize  program  safely  resizes  Windows  XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000,
       Windows NT4 and Longhorn NTFS  filesystems  without  data  loss.  All  NTFS  versions  are
       supported,  used  by  32-bit and 64-bit Windows.  Defragmentation is NOT required prior to
       resizing because the program can  relocate  any  data  if  needed,  without  risking  data

       Ntfsresize  can  be  used to shrink or enlarge any NTFS filesystem located on an unmounted
       DEVICE (usually a disk partition). The new filesystem will  have  SIZE  bytes.   The  SIZE
       parameter  may  have one of the optional modifiers k, M, G, which means the SIZE parameter
       is given in kilo-, mega- or gigabytes respectively.  Ntfsresize conforms to the  SI,  ATA,
       IEEE standards and the disk manufacturers by using k=10^3, M=10^6 and G=10^9.

       If  both --info(-mb-only) and --size are omitted then the NTFS filesystem will be enlarged
       to the underlying DEVICE size.

       To resize a filesystem on a partition,  you  must  resize  BOTH  the  filesystem  and  the
       partition  by  editing  the  partition  table on the disk. Similarly to other command line
       filesystem resizers, ntfsresize doesn't manipulate the size of the partitions, hence to do
       that  you  must use a disk partitioning tool as well, for example fdisk(8).  Alternatively
       you could use one of the many user friendly partitioners that uses ntfsresize  internally,
       like  Mandriva's  DiskDrake, QTParted, SUSE/Novell's YaST Partitioner, IBM's EVMS, GParted
       or Debian/Ubuntu's Partman.

       IMPORTANT!  It's a good practice making REGULAR BACKUPS of your valuable data,  especially
       before using ANY partitioning tools. To do so for NTFS, you could use ntfsclone(8).  Don't
       forget to save the partition table as well!

       If you wish to shrink an NTFS partition, first use ntfsresize to shrink the  size  of  the
       filesystem.  Then  you  could use fdisk(8) to shrink the size of the partition by deleting
       the partition and recreating it with the smaller size.  Do not make the partition  smaller
       than  the  new  size  of  NTFS  otherwise  you  won't  be  able  to  boot.  If  you did so
       notwithstanding then just recreate the partition to be as large as NTFS.

       To enlarge an NTFS  filesystem,  first  you  must  enlarge  the  size  of  the  underlying
       partition.  This  can  be  done using fdisk(8) by deleting the partition and recreating it
       with a larger size.  Make sure it will not overlap with an other existing partition.   You
       may enlarge upwards (first sector unchanged) or downwards (last sector unchanged), but you
       may not enlarge at both ends in a single step.  If you merge two NTFS partitions, only one
       of  them  can be expanded to the merged partition.  After you have enlarged the partition,
       you may use ntfsresize to enlarge the size of the filesystem.

       When recreating the partition by a disk partitioning tool, make sure you create it at  the
       same  starting  sector and with the same partition type as before.  Otherwise you won't be
       able to access your filesystem. Use the 'u' fdisk command to switch to the reliable sector
       unit from the default cylinder one.

       Also  make  sure you set the bootable flag for the partition if it existed before. Failing
       to do so you might not be able to boot your computer from the disk.


       Below is a summary of all the options that ntfsresize accepts.  Nearly  all  options  have
       two  equivalent  names.   The short name is preceded by - and the long name is preceded by
       --.  Any single letter options, that don't take an argument, can be combined into a single
       command,  e.g.   -fv is equivalent to -f -v.  Long named options can be abbreviated to any
       unique prefix of their name.

       -c, --check
              By using this option ntfsresize will only check the device to  ensure  that  it  is
              ready  to  be resized. If not, it will print any errors detected.  If the device is
              fine, nothing will be printed.

       -i, --info
              By using this option without --expand, ntfsresize will determine the  theoretically
              smallest  shrunken  filesystem  size supported.  Most of the time the result is the
              space already used on the filesystem. Ntfsresize will refuse shrinking to a smaller
              size  than what you got by this option and depending on several factors it might be
              unable to shrink very close to this theoretical size.  Although  the  integrity  of
              your  data  should be never in risk, it's still strongly recommended to make a test
              run by using the --no-action option before real resizing.

              Practically the smallest shrunken size  generally  is  at  around  "used  space"  +
              (20-200  MB). Please also take into account that Windows might need about 50-100 MB
              free space left to boot safely.

              If used in association with option --expand, ntfsresize will determine the smallest
              downwards  expansion  size and the possible increments to the size. These are exact
              byte counts which must not be rounded.  This option may be used after the partition
              has been expanded provided the upper bound has not been changed.

              This  option  never  causes  any changes to the filesystem, the partition is opened

       -m, --info-mb-only
              Like the info option, only print out the shrinkable size in MB.  Print  nothing  if
              the  shrink  size  is the same as the original size (in MB).  This option cannot be
              used in association with option --expand.

       -s, --size SIZE[k|M|G]
              Resize filesystem to  SIZE[k|M|G]  bytes  by  shifting  its  end  and  keeping  its
              beginning  unchanged.   The  optional  modifiers k, M, G mean the SIZE parameter is
              given in kilo-, mega- or gigabytes respectively.  Conforming to standards,  k=10^3,
              M=10^6 and G=10^9. Use this option with --no-action first.

       -x, --expand
              Expand  the  filesystem  to the current partition size, shifting down its beginning
              and keeping its end unchanged. The metadata is recreated in the expanded space  and
              no  user data is relocated. This is incompatible with option -s (or --size) and can
              only be made if the expanded space is an exact multiple of  the  cluster  size.  It
              must also be large enough to hold the new metadata.

              If  the  expansion  is  interrupted  for  some  reason (power outage, etc), you may
              restart the resizing, as the original data and metadata have been kept unchanged.

              Note : expanding a Windows system partition and filesystem downwards  may  lead  to
              the registry or some files not matching the new system layout, or to some important
              files being located too far from  the  beginning  of  the  partition,  thus  making
              Windows not bootable.

       -f, --force
              Forces ntfsresize to proceed with the resize operation either without prompting for
              an explicit acceptance, or if the  filesystem  is  marked  for  consistency  check.
              Double the option (-ff, --force --force) to avoid prompting even if the file system
              is marked for check.

              Please note, ntfsresize always marks the filesystem for consistency check before  a
              real  resize  operation  and  it leaves that way for extra safety. Thus if NTFS was
              marked by ntfsresize then it's safe to use this  option.  If  you  need  to  resize
              several  times  without  booting  into Windows between each resizing steps then you
              must use this option.

       -n, --no-action
              Use this option to make a test run before doing the real resize operation.   Volume
              will  be  opened  read-only  and ntfsresize displays what it would do if it were to
              resize the filesystem.  Continue with the  real  resizing  only  if  the  test  run

       -b, --bad-sectors
              Support  disks  having  hardware  errors,  bad  sectors with those ntfsresize would
              refuse to work by default.

              Prior using this option, it's strongly recommended to make a backup by ntfsclone(8)
              using  the --rescue option, then running 'chkdsk /f /r volume:' on Windows from the
              command line. If the disk guarantee is still valid then replace it.  It's defected.
              Please  also  note,  that no software can repair these type of hardware errors. The
              most what they can do is to work around the permanent defects.

              This option doesn't have any effect if the disk is flawless.

       -P, --no-progress-bar
              Don't show progress bars.

       -v, --verbose
              More output.

       -V, --version
              Print the version number of ntfsresize and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help and exit.


       The exit code is 0 on success, non-zero otherwise.


       No reliability problem is known. If you need help please try the Ntfsresize FAQ first (see
       below) and if you don't find your answer then send your question, comment or bug report to
       the development team:

       There are a few very rarely met restrictions at present: filesystems  having  unknown  bad
       sectors,  relocation  of  the  first MFT extent and resizing into the middle of a $MFTMirr
       extent aren't supported yet. These cases are detected and resizing is restricted to a safe
       size or the closest safe size is displayed.

       Ntfsresize  schedules  an NTFS consistency check and after the first boot into Windows you
       must see chkdsk running on a blue background. This is intentional and  no  need  to  worry
       about  it.   Windows may force a quick reboot after the consistency check.  Moreover after
       repartitioning your disk and depending on the hardware configuration, the Windows  message
       System Settings Change may also appear. Just acknowledge it and reboot again.

       The disk geometry handling semantic (HDIO_GETGEO ioctl) has changed in an incompatible way
       in Linux  2.6  kernels  and  this  triggered  multitudinous  partition  table  corruptions
       resulting  in  unbootable  Windows  systems, even if NTFS was consistent, if parted(8) was
       involved in some way. This problem was often attributed to ntfsresize  but  in  fact  it's
       completely  independent  of  NTFS  thus  ntfsresize. Moreover ntfsresize never touches the
       partition table at all. By changing the 'Disk Access  Mode'  to  LBA  in  the  BIOS  makes
       booting  work  again,  most of the time. You can find more information about this issue in
       the Troubleshooting section of the below referred Ntfsresize FAQ.


       ntfsresize was written by Szabolcs Szakacsits, with contributions from Anton  Altaparmakov
       and Richard Russon.  It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson and Jean-Pierre Andre.


       Many  thanks  to  Anton  Altaparmakov  and  Richard  Russon  for  libntfs,  the  excellent
       documentation and comments, to Gergely Madarasz, Dewey M. Sasser and Miguel Lastra and his
       colleagues  at  the  University  of Granada for their continuous and highly valuable help,
       furthermore to Erik Meade, Martin Fick, Sandro Hawke, Dave  Croal,  Lorrin  Nelson,  Geert
       Hendrickx, Robert Bjorkman and Richard Burdick for beta testing the relocation support, to
       Florian Eyben, Fritz Oppliger, Richard Ebling,  Sid-Ahmed  Touati,  Jan  Kiszka,  Benjamin
       Redelings,  Christopher  Haney,  Ryan  Durk,  Ralf Beyer, Scott Hansen, Alan Evans for the
       valued contributions and to Theodore Ts'o whose resize2fs(8) man  page  originally  formed
       the basis of this page.


       ntfsresize is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from:

       Ntfsresize  related  news, example of usage, troubleshooting, statically linked binary and
       FAQ (frequently asked questions) are maintained at:


       fdisk(8), cfdisk(8), sfdisk(8), parted(8), evms(8), ntfsclone(8), mkntfs(8), ntfsprogs(8)